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COTI Conversations to address island issues

By Staff | Oct 24, 2019

Howard Simon

The Committee of the Islands will host its first COTI Conversations of the season on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

The topic is “Using Science to Shape Public Policies: Preventing Harmful Algae Blooms.” Guest experts Drs. Howard Simon and Walter Bradley will deliver a presentation first, after which they will moderate the conversation with attendees.

Simon retired in 2018 as the longest serving state director for the American Civil Liberties Union in the organization’s 100-year history. He created Clean Okeechobee Waters Foundation to work with biomedical scientists and physicians who have linked toxins produced by Harmful Algae Blooms to neurological illnesses, including ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. Simon is an advocate for policies, especially action by the Florida Legislature, to address the public health threat from HABs.

He earned a Ph.D. in legal and political philosophy from the University of Minnesota and taught at the University of Minnesota and DePauw University as a member of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Among other post-retirement projects, Simon is a board member of the Calusa Waterkeeper.

Bradley has an international reputation for his contributions to the fields of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, peripheral neuropathies, inflammatory myopathies and muscular dystrophy. He has received grant monies exceeding $10 million from the National Institutes of Health, foundations and pharmaceutical companies.

Walter Bradley

Awarded the D.M. degree from Oxford University, Bradley was appointed foundation professor of experimental neurology in the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He served as vice chairman of the Department of Neurology at Tufts-New England Medical Center, chairman of the Department of Neurology in the University of Vermont and chairman of the Department of Neurology of the University of Miami.

Bradley is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and board certified in neurology and psychiatry. He is a member and former counselor of the American Neurological Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

COTI Conversations is open to members and individuals wishing to become members. The purpose of the gatherings is to review the matters of concern and hear opinions from the COTI membership.

Memberships will be available at the door.

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call President Chris Andrews 239-292-9109 or visit www.coti.org.